At least $18 billion is needed to get the fight against malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS back on track from disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a global health fund said on February 23.

Philanthropist Bill Gates’ fund is aimed at wiping out the disease in seven of the region’s countries and the Dominican Republic.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Western countries and drug companies pledged fresh support to wipe out diseases in tropical areas.

An off-patent malaria drug could help to destroy cancer cells by making them more susceptible to radiotherapy, according to early research.

A pediatric doctor in Alabama had to scramble to find a less expensive supply of a lifesaving drug to treat an infant who was suffering from a parasitic infection.   In Utah, a hospital has been forced to change the way it stocks a drug critical to treating heart patients after the cost skyrocketed from […]

New technology that transforms a cell phone into a mobile polarized microscope can diagnose malaria in a Rwandan village with the same level of accuracy as a hi-tech lab in a major Western city, according to Texas A&M University biomedical engineers developing the device. “The way they diagnose malaria now is with a microscope but […]

New York and Zug, Switzerland-based Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC announced yesterday a 50 percent cut in its prices for toxoplasmosis drug Daraprim.   Turing and its controversial chief executive officer Martin Shkreli became the focus of a national discussion of drug pricing in August after it acquired Daraprim from IMPAX Laboratories, Inc. (IPKL) for $55 million. […]

The world’s first malaria vaccine is promising but should be used on a pilot basis before any wide-scale use, given its limited efficacy, World Health Organization (WHO) experts said on Friday. The decision is likely to delay a possible broad roll-out of the shot for between three and five years. GlaxoSmithKline’s Mosquirix could, in theory, […]

Three scientists from Japan, China and Ireland whose discoveries led to the development of potent new drugs against parasitic diseases such as malaria and elephantiasis won the Nobel Prize for Medicine on Monday. Irish-born William Campbell and Japan’s Satoshi Omura won half of the prize for discovering avermectin, a derivative of which has been used […]